Miami Street Artists Get Dirty Before the Crowds and the Cocktails Arrive

While I was there, I also ran into Carlos Beck, a tattoo artist from Pensacola who specializes in portraits. Beck was commissioned by Lombardi Properties, Wynwood's second largest developer, to paint as much of a blank wall in Wynwood as he could in the days leading up to Basel.

"Street art isn't a big thing in Pensacola. We got a lot of people who love doing it, but there just aren't any venues to get it out. We've got this one bridge -- I hate to say this -- but it's this one area that it's done in, but a month later the city comes and paints right back over it. I used to do it, but I got tired of my work being covered, so I just stopped doing it. But if you want to see any street art, it's the only bridge you can go to in the city."

The only direction Beck was given was to incorporate the surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

Last Tuesday, Beck had completed one and a half full Dali heads, the first took nine hours and the second one had just two hours on it.

How long do these murals last? Depends on the commision, Beck says he was just told to complete the mural by Basel. "I'm not sure if he's keeping it or not. It was just an honor to come down here and be asked to do this. He can paint over it if he wants to, I just want to do it and have it complete so people can see it." So if you're going to be in Miami for Art Basel this year, be sure to take some time from the heavy shmoozing and check out Wynwood's outdoor murals, here are more artists in the area:

Miami local artist Trek 6 has roots in Puerto Rico.

Interesni Kazki is a Ukrainian art-duo made up of muralists Aec and WaOne.

DALeast was born in Beijing and began doing street art under the alias DAL in 2004.

Ron English is one of the most recognized artists in the you'll find in Wynwood. He coined the term POPaganda and his "MC Supersized" design was featured in the movie "Supersize Me".

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